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Joe Kelly, Tyler Austin suspended for brawl

Boston reliever gets 6 games, New York hitter gets 5 games.

MLB: New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly and Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin were suspended by Major League Baseball for their roles in the two teams’ brawl that occured in the top of the seventh inning of their game Wednesday night at Fenway Park, the league announced in a release that Lindsey Adler of The Athletic tweeted.

Kelly was suspended six games and an undisclosed “for intentionally hitting Austin with a pitch and fighting.” As for Austin, he was dealt a five-game ban and an undisclosed fine “for charging the mound and fighting.”

Both players are appealing their suspensions, forcing the league to put them on hold until the appeal process is complete. Austin was not in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Red Sox.

Along with the suspensions, fines were handed out to Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin plus four players: New York’s CC Sabathia and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, Dustin Pedroia and Marco Hernandez. Sabathia, Bogaerts, Pedroia and Hernandez were fined because they were players on the disabled list who came onto the field during the brawl, which spilled across the field before it stopped in front of the Red Sox’s dugout on the first-base side.

Kelly, Austin, Nevin and Yankees reliever Tommy Kahnle were ejected from the game following the brawl.